Monaco Summer Ball: A Walk on the Wild Side

What: ‘Animal Planet’ Summer Ball (Bal de l’Été)
Where: Sporting Monte Carlo
When: 8pm Friday 17 June to Sunday 19 June
Dress: black tie

Flushed with the success of last year’s ‘La Dolce Vita’ theme, the organizers of the Monaco Summer Ball are once again guaranteeing a fantastic party that promises to unleash the wild animal in all its guests. And the event really is going to have guests roaring with delight, as savage drumbeats and wild musical rhythms fill the air with passionate excitement.

Basking in the high patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and organized by Princess Catherine Colonna de Stigliano, the ball – now a sweet sixteen years old – is always taken as one of the first signs of summer in the Principality. And what better way of preparing for the forthcoming princely wedding between two great ambassadors of the natural world than to celebrate with the call of the wild?


The glittering weekend, tickets for which are available from €400, starts on the Friday evening with a beachside reception before continuing to the famous Jimmy’z nightclub. On Saturday – after an energetic game of tennis or spa treatment at the Thermes Marins – champagne will be served in the gardens of the Sporting Club followed by a gala dinner at the Salle des Etoiles (black or white tie), and dancing till dawn to music provided by top DJ Ariel Wizman.

And on Sunday, not only is there the traditional breakfast and brunch, served from 10.30am till 3.30pm on the terrace of the Hôtel de Paris, but also a final visit to the animals’ watering hole at the Buddha Bar from 11pm


17 June: 8pm Beach Club Cocktails moving on to Jimmy’z Nightclub
18 June: 8pm ‘Animal Planet’ Gala Dinner at the Salle des Etoiles
Drumbeat of the Night, raw rhythms from DJ Ariel Wizman, and dancing till dawn
19 June: Sunday brunch from 10.30 to 3.30 on the terrace of the Hotel de Paris
8.30pm Farewell Roar and last raid on the terraces of the Beach Plaza
11pm: ‘Watering hole’ at the Buddha Bar

As is customary, an auction will be held at the gala dinner to raise money for the Order of the Knights of Malta, a major NGO whose role in managing hospitals and care centres worldwide cannot be underestimated.

© First published in CityOut Monaco


Appealing to all the Senses in Monaco

Who: Nicholas Loubser
What: Tous Les Sens
Contact: Tel +33 6 43 91 35 80

What brings people to the Riviera? A sense of adventure, the high life, copious measures of sunlight, and – without a doubt – the fresh seasonal produce. No wonder that the area has attracted, and continues to attract, some of the most skilful chefs, restaurateurs and lovers of food to its bountiful shores.


One such is Nicholas Loubser. Descended from ancient Languedoc stock, his roots are firmly embedded in the Mediterranean terroir, whose secrets he has been cultivating for twenty years – many of them spent as executive manager and chef on the exclusive island of Frégate in the Seychelles. An expert in the choice of ingredients, his services on Frégate ranged from barbecues and candlelit dinners to tours of the island’s greenhouses and plantations and entertaining in his private garden.

Now his expertise has brought Loubser to Monaco, where he has established Tous Les Sens to answer to every gastronomic requirement of resident and visitor alike. To call his company a catering business does it a great disservice; this is a world of gourmet delight, to which Loubser contributes a wealth of knowledge garnered not only from Creole cuisine of the Seychelles but also many years’ experience in the UK, China and India.


Rather than setting up a restaurant, Loubser has appreciated that many of his clients wish to lunch or dine in the luxury of their yacht, villa, or in some specially-chosen location. He and his team produce highly customized menus, arranging everything from the sourcing of fantastically fresh products to the carefully-designed table plan. And the cuisine is both astonishing and exotically-flavoured, his dishes adorned with sun-ripened figs, walnut bread, a suffusion of truffle oil, and refreshing lavender and orange.

If you are arranging a Monaco Grand Prix get-together or are spending time this summer sailing in the Mediterranean, Nicholas Loubser promises an experience which will appeal, literally, to all your senses… and those of your guests!


© First published in CityOut Monaco


Tesla Roadster at Top Marques Monaco

Just nine months ago, when CityOut Monaco reported the victory of the Tesla Roadster in Monaco’s Alternative Energy Rally, electric cars were still a little outside the ‘comfort zone’ of many readers, in terms both of cost and geekiness, even for the incredibly ungeeky – and actually rather sporty – Tesla Motors. But in the last year, things have changed. From BP to Libya, the question of what to do when the oil runs out has once again been making the headlines and dinner party chat. Eco vehicles seem to be much more in the news these days, and so it is that we bring you the latest results from this year’s Alternative Energy Rally. And the winner is…. yup, once more, it’s the Tesla.


Named after the 19th century Serbian physicist and pioneer of electrical engineering, Nikola Tesla, the Silicon Valley company was founded just eight years ago, but has already made its name at the cutting edge of eco-sports technology. From an initially small fan-base, the company has grown exponentially, such that they can now claim to be leading the world in saving energy. According to last month’s report, “Electric Roadsters in over 30 countries have now covered over 10 million miles, the greatest collective distance covered by any electric vehicle maker to date. Roadsters have collectively saved 500,000 gallons of fuel and over 5.3 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.”

Thanks to early electric vehicle companies like Tesla, the image of an electric car as something like a milk float running on a converted washing machine motor has been finally dispelled. Not only do these cars look beautiful (they are based on the design of the Lotus Elise); they are also high-end performers, accelerating from 0-60 in 3.9 seconds, and consuming the equivalent of just 1.7 litres per 100km – for the non-metric, that’s an astonishing 140 miles per gallon! All of which makes the cost of the Roadster seem suddenly less prohibitive.

Charging networks for all electric vehicles are being delivered quietly but steadily across the planet, including exciting plans for induction plates embedded in car parks. But even with the option of 110-volt or 220-volt power outlets, filling her up is one of the few points of detraction for cars like the Tesla. Even so, they can be topped up at home overnight at minimal cost (taking account of off-peak electricity), and Tesla claim a 245-mile range from a single overnight charge.

Tesla are exhibiting all week at Top Marques Monaco, and European deliveries begin in June.